2012 MLK Student Panelists


NJ Students, Educators & Community Leaders to Participate in a Dynamic Social-Justice Dialog on Jan. 9

“If the people of goodwill of America fail to act now, history will have to record that the greatest of this period of social transition was not the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but the appalling silence and indifference of the good people.”

— Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This thought-provoking quote by the late Dr. King will be the focus of a lively discussion during the American Conference on Diversity Southern Jersey Regional Community Network’s 33rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Brotherhood-Sisterhood Breakfast. The buffet breakfast will be held January 9 at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (Campus Center Event Room) from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

As our nation continues to move forward on our social-justice journey, the Brotherhood-Sisterhood Breakfast is a time to stop and reflect on the past, present, and future. The morning event will kick off with a forward-thinking keynote address by Anthony Bland, NJ State Coordinator for the Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning. Mr. Bland’s presentation will set the stage for a moderated panel discussion with future leaders and local student leaders, focusing on Dr. King’s messages and the social-injustice challenges facing the next generation. This year’s confirmed middle- and high-school students will represent the following public and private schools:

►Absegmi High School

►Cedar Creek High School

►CharterTech High School

►Egg Harbor Township High School

►Hammonton High School

►Holy Spirit High School

►Mainland Regional High School

►North Main Street School

►Oakcrest High School

►Pleasantville High School

“We are delighted year after year to engage the students of the Atlantic County region in this annual community tradition commemorating Dr. King’s legacy and dream. It is always wonderful to see so many diverse students coming together. The students continue to surprise, inspire, and amaze us with their insights, and we are greatly looking forward to hearing their responses to this year’s theme,” says Southern Jersey Regional Community Network Vice Chair of Programs Dianne S. Lennon.

The cost to attend the breakfast is $25 for individual tickets or $250 for a table of 10. To register or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Linda Tondow at 732-745-9330, ext. 25, or Linda@AmericanConferenceonDiversity.org.

Student table sponsors include: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The Richard Stockton College of NJ, Shore Memorial Medical Center, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Revel Casino Hotel, Atlantic Cape Community College, and Dr. Juanita High and Mr. Marvel Hill.

About the American Conference on Diversity

The programs, services, and initiatives of the American Conference on Diversity are among the most important work focused on creating a more inclusive society. It is the unfinished business of living in a highly diverse nation: educating and empowering our next generation of leaders; enhancing our workplaces; and helping to create inclusive communities. The American Conference on Diversity, which has been serving schools, organizations, workplaces, and communities in New Jersey since 1948, builds on a historic mission and creates programs and activities relevant and vital to 21st Century life. It is a journey we can all take together. The American Conference on Diversity operates Regional Community Networks covering all of New Jersey. Visit www.AmericanConferenceonDiversity.org to learn more.


Gail Zoppo

Media Relations Consultant

109 Church Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901